The Men’s Selection Committee has unveiled India’s squad for the final three Tests of the IDFC First Bank series against England. Led by Rohit Sharma, the squad boasts a mix of experience and promising talent poised to tackle the English challenge head-on.

Rohit Sharma, the dynamic opener, will captain the side, with Jasprit Bumrah serving as vice-captain. Notable inclusions are Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and Rajat Patidar, offering depth to the batting lineup. However, the absence of Virat Kohli, due to personal reasons, is a significant loss, yet the Board extends full support to his decision.

The squad composition also hinges on the fitness clearance of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, subject to evaluation by the BCCI medical team. Their potential participation could add further depth to both the batting and bowling departments.

The third Test is scheduled to commence on February 15, 2024, in Rajkot, followed by the fourth Test in Ranchi starting from February 23, 2024. The series finale will take place in Dharamsala, beginning on March 07, 2024.

The inclusion of seasoned campaigners like R Ashwin and Axar Patel, coupled with the emergence of talents like Washington Sundar and Mohd. Siraj, reflects India’s commitment to balance and adaptability across varied conditions.

Dhruv Jurel and KS Bharat will handle wicketkeeping duties, providing stability behind the stumps. Additionally, the spin department boasts the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, ensuring a plethora of options for the team management to exploit.

The series against England presents a crucial opportunity for India to assert dominance in the Test arena. With a formidable squad at their disposal, India aims to maintain their stronghold and emerge victorious in the forthcoming encounters.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep

By Ritik Sharma

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